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9th Anniversary of Shiranamikai

Welcome back to the dojo!

6th January saw our first karate session of 2018 but it was also the 9th anniversary of Shiranamikai! Needless to say we had a gentle (not gentle) re-entry to training followed by some light snacks and cake to celebrate our club’s birthday. Of course, there was lots of fruit, too! Oh, and fresh sushi!

Here’s looking forward to another great year of training… training and eating…

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Saturday 5th January 2019 | 4-5.30pm-ish
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Come and help us celebrate Shiranamikai’s 10th Anniversary! On 6th January 2019 Shiranamikai opened the doors to its first dojo at Harrow School.

A lot has happened over the last 10 years but the core principles of the club remain the same: training always comes first… training, then eating. Here, too, we’ll remain true to our ethos with an hour and a half of excellent training directed by the Chief Instructor of JKA England, Ohta Yoshinobu 7th Dan, before heading off to refuel over dinner.

All our karate friends are welcome to join us – just drop us a line beforehand so we can keep on top of numbers and we’ll add you to the anniversary group email list for updates.

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre

Happy Christmas 2017!

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year from all of us @Shiranamikai

Come and join us over the festive period:
Saturday 23rd December, 4pm
Last training before Christmas – bring your Santa hat!

Saturday 30th December, 4pm
Last training of the year – open dojo; everybody welcome!

Saturday 6th January, 4pm
Keiko osame, first training of the year and 9th anniversary of Shiranamikai

All these sessions take place at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre

Ueda Daisuke Sensei 4th Dan Visits Shiranamikai

We had a brilliant, energetic class with Ueda Daisuke Sensei who was visiting from the Japan Karate Association Headquarters in Tokyo.

Ueda Sensei is a dynamic karateka with abundant enthusiasm for the art. He has been a consistent medallist at the All Japan National Championships and took silver in kata at the Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Championship 2014.

He displays an encouraging teaching persona, especially towards the junior members. After training had finished at the JKA England course, he spent extra time helping some of the youngsters with their kata because he felt he hadn’t given them enough attention during their session.

Sensei drew comparisons with his own club in Japan and the children he teaches there. One difference he noted was the sense of urgency with which students typically react to instruction here in the UK. And their energy levels! “You are not like children…!” he said jokingly.

He explained that one should seize an opportunity as soon as it presents itself otherwise any advantage one might have had, is lost. This is also a great message in life, that we should embrace opportunities when they arise. Sometimes we think too much when instead we should just react.

Ueda Sensei left us with five key points which define JKA Shotokan karate: technique (ie. big movements); speed; power; kime; kiai.
”BIGGER! FASTER! STRONGER! KIME! KIAI!” He shouted quickly, over and again, with all of us all repeating. He also left us with a motto: ‘Seize the moment’ and some seasonal Kit Kats – so thoughtful and tasty!

Many thanks to Ueda Sensei for taking the time to visit Shiranamikai.

JKA Four Nations Championship 2017

The Four Nations Championship included additional competitors from Norway, Germany and Malta this year so Shiranamikai competitors had some challenging rounds. Everybody competing performed very well though!

Shiranamikai results as follows:
Shohei Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Ryoma Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Tejas 4th Place in Kata, Silver in Kumite
Katsuhisa Bronze in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Yoko Bronze in Kumite
Shion Gold in Kata, Gold in Kumite
Itsuko Silver in Kata!

Well done everybody!

6th Shiranamikai Karate Summer Camp, August 2017

Every year, at the beginning of August, Shiranamikai holds its 5-day karate camp with the aim of learning advanced katas and the practical application of techniques which we don’t always have time to break down during regular classes.

This year was our 6th summer camp. We worked through basics and kumite relating to our focus-katas Heian Sandan, Jion, Gojushiho Sho and Empi. There was lots of group work to encourage inclusive, creative thinking.

We finished up our last day with Ramune, sushi and mochi ice cream which went down particularly well after a whole week of training!

Well done if you attended the whole week! Put next year’s dates in your diary: Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August.

Club Training & Grading, June 2017

Ohta Sensei visited Shiranamikai to teach a special class at the end of June. Three days after the competition and just the other side of the June heatwave, the dojo was still hot and stuffy – perfect for a tough session to loosen up the muscles!

During kihon, Sensei focussed on back stance and gave everybody technical pointers. With kumite, he worked us hard in kaishi ippon, with the familiar “…until I say stop!” which was great if you weren’t pacing yourself! Kata was those needed for grading.

And the grading went well! But as always there is lots to improve upon. so it’s important, whilst moving forward, to also retrospectively work on the feedback in order to be able to progress.

JKA England 2017 National Championship

It was a great atmosphere in the K2 sports hall with over 300 competitors assembled for JKA England’s National Championship. 

The event got underway at 10am with the youngest competitors on-mat first. We had kata in the morning and kumite after a short break for lunch. Things were running very smoothly but we had the competitor and judges line-up, introductions and presentations before the finals kicked-off. Then another break while we had the presentation of kata awards before the kumite finals. The last awards of the evening were for best competitor and the last few of us were away at 8pm. 

Thanks to all the judges, referees, timekeepers and all of the supporters and parents.

Shiranamikai results as follows:
Shohei Bronze in Kumite
Ryoma Silver in Kata, Gold in Kumite
Uma Gold in kata, Gold in Kumite
Shion Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite
Anju Gold in Kata, Silver in Kumite
Alex Bronze in Kata

Not only is this the same medal tally as last year, but also the exact same amount each of gold, silver and bronze! Spooky…

Well done guys!